From Foster Care to Forever Families

Adoption Recruiter Kerri Byrd on Finding a Forever Family for Each and Every Child in Foster Care

In her job as an adoption recruiter for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® (WWK), Kerri Byrd often works long hours. She works continually to earn the trust of children and teenagers who have bounced around the foster care system living in home after home. She fills out paperwork—lots of it. And day after day (which often spills into night), she coordinates with therapists, caseworkers, attorneys and others as she advocates on behalf of her children.

Kerri calls it “the best job ever.”

Enhancing the Lives of Children in Canada’s North


For the third year in a row, Scotiabank partnered with Project North – a non-profit organization committed to enhancing the lives of children in Canada's North –travelled to Canada’s North alongside the National Hockey League, Rumie, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and First Air to deliver 150 bags of new hockey equipment and 150 Rumie educational tablets to children in seven Nunavut communities.

Making Unadoptable Unacceptable

Learn how you can help the 130,000 children living in foster home get adopted
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With more than 130,000 children in foster care who are in need of a permanent, loving home, foster care adoption is as critical as ever. Learn why we believe that unadoptable is unacceptable. #FosterCareMonth

If you’d like to help more children be adopted from foster care, you can make a donation by clicking here.


New Infrastructure Promotes Education in Sinaloa, Mexico


For years, children in the northern region of Mexico’s Sinaloa state had no real place to learn. Teachers would move from one house to another, or cram their young students into a tiny room measuring 6m x 4m – with no furniture, no power, no running water and no washrooms.

“For more than 12 years, the level of education for our Indigenous initiation class was deplorable,” said Francisca Torres, who teaches Indigenous programming in Sinaloa.

“We had to work in bad conditions, with no infrastructure.”

Breaking Down the Borders of Education

By Jonathan Moore, employee communications manager for AT&T’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

We take our mobile devices for granted. Always on. Always connected. NGO Télécoms Sans Frontières, with support of AT&T Foundation and AT&T, is using this technology to deliver education to young refugees in Syria.

Because when trouble strikes, connectivity can be tricky. And it’s not just natural disasters. For some, their homes, neighborhoods or entire cities may be a war zone – weeks, months or years of conflict reducing the local infrastructure to piles of smoking rubble.

Nestlé Waters North America Celebrates World Water Day 2017


On March 22, Nestlé companies around the world celebrated World Water Day, an observance created by the United Nations (UN) in 1993 to start a global conversation around water. For over 20 years, millions of people around the world have marked the occasion by participating in local events to help educate communities about sustainable water use and water stewardship. Some 4,000 Nestlé employees globally have helped educate more than 100,000 children as part of this important initiative.

#NationalWeekoftheYoungChild: James M. Cox Foundation Supports Early Childhood Education


April 24 - It’s the National Week of the Young Child, and one of the most important things we can do as a society is prepare children for success. The James M. Cox Foundation has a focus on early childhood education and is supporting initiatives and models in Georgia that can provide a national impact.

Here are three recent ways the James M. Cox Foundation has supported early childhood education. Overall, the James M. Cox Foundation has invested more than $14 million in early childhood education initiatives in Metro Atlanta.

Sanitary Towels and Shoes Help Children Stay in School

South Africa- De Beers has stepped in to provide shoes and sanitary towels for dozens of South African children to prevent them from missing out on their schooling

The company has donated the items worth R50,000 (US$3,800) to 11 schools in Limpopo Province as part of its 2017 Back-to-School campaign.

Josephine Pieters, Corporate Affairs Manager for De Beers Consolidated Mines, said: “Our campaign focuses on providing simple tools in the form of sanitary pads and school shoes to ensure that children in our local communities can stay in school. It is a response to a real need.

Hand Hygiene in Kindergartens Reduces Illness


Educating children in hygiene is a good investment in their health. A joint SCA and Vinda project in Shenzhen, China, showed that good hygiene habits can reduce the risk of childhood diseases such as hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) by up to 60%.

School Food Gets Real

By Anne Marie Hampshire

If the thought of school cafeteria food conjures memories of cooked-’til-they’re-slimy green beans, grease-soaked pizza and gravy-covered mystery meat, here’s some news to savor. Kids in Austin today are enjoying an entirely different school-lunch experience. Thanks to the strategic vision of Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the financial and moral support of nonprofit Whole Kids Foundation, lunch in the cafeteria is evolving to be more nutritious, more locally sourced and far more hip than what most of us remember.


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